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Craft Beer Rising festival set to quench London’s thirst

Craft Beer Rising festival set to quench London’s thirst IMAGE: Buddy PR

It seems as though London is definitely making up for dry January (well, at least for those who partook in such a stint). Craft Beer Rising London 2016 is taking place over 26-27 February at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, and beer and cider enthusiasts will be able to sample over 600 different beers and ciders. Cheer cheer.

Craft Beer Rising is now recognised as the launch pad event in the UK’s beer calendar for new and exciting brews — epic timing as we’re weaselling out of winter (slowly) and keen to get some fresh ales in the fridge in time for our summer BBQs. Moreover, beer aficionados can check out the latest fancy product launches, new recipes and innovations and possibly even meet the faces behind the barrels brands.

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This is the fourth year for CBR and it just keeps getting bigger and better. Brand new for 2016 is a dedicated cider zone called ‘Lost In Cyder Space’, and there are also whisky and rum bar making solid appearances — Auchentoshan and Don Papa will bring their own unique beer-infused serves from their own bars. Mead fans will be chuffed to see this emerging bed fellow to beer present; and lest we forget about wine — yes, there will be a wine bar for those who prefer the grape to the grain.

Aside from the booze, the event also boasts a line-up of awesome street food vendors that will be on hand to inspire some appropriate food pairing and cater for both the carnivorous sort and vegetarians.

For those who are interested in the more intellectual side of things (and perhaps, prior to getting beer brain), there are some not-to-be missed talks and panel discussions being held with some of the most esteemed industry experts, including Melissa Cole (beer expert) and Des De Moor (author of ‘London’s Best Pubs’). Fellow authors Two Thirsty Gardeners will also present a workshop on home brewing and garden produce.

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And what better way to follow on from such discussions and debates than with a bit of live music? To really get the party vibe happening, CBR have brought in James Lavelle and Rob da Bank to headline on both Friday and Saturday night. So expect an epic drum and bass soundtrack as you hop between beer stands.

It’s probably the most informative and hippest beer festival around — and with tickets starting at £15, it’s certainly better than a night at the hop-era.

Craft Beer Rising takes place on Friday 26th – Saturday 27th February

For tickets and session details, visit the website.

Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL


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